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3/30/17-Homework

BLOCKS 1, 2, and 3-Complete numbers 5, 6, and 7 on page 26 of the blue book.

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Homework & Information Wed 3/29

Sign up for Remind. Check it out on remind.com. Use this phone number: (757) 809-2118, and use the code for your class (see below).

1st block – Remind code: @stoneblk1  Nine Weeks Test on Tues 4/4.  Cells Quiz on Thurs 4/6.

3rd block – Remind code: @stoneblk3  Cells Quiz next class.  Nine Weeks Test on Tues 4/4.

7th block – Remind code: @stoneblk7  If needed, finish the Comparing Cells ws.  Cells Quiz on Fri 3/31.  Nine Weeks Test on Tues 4/4 and Wed 4/5.

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Benchmark 3/30 & 3/31

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Remember to study tonight – Reading Benchmark 3/30; Writing Benchmark 3/31

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Career Day

Career Day will be on April 21st.

We have about 25 people coming to share with our students their knowledge on their profession. We have a wide variety of occupations, from welding to becoming a veterinarian.

The students will pick their top 5 career choices and have the opportunity to interview our volunteers.

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March 29, 2017

(INp.72) On loose leaf paper draw the six angles that were given on the board. (right and left refers to how you draw your first ray).

1. 11 degrees to the right

2. 179 degrees to the left

3. 19 degrees to the right

4. 93 degrees to the left

5. 90 degrees to the right

6. 180 degrees to the left

Bring new interactive notebooks for the 4th nine weeks.

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Weekly Info.

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Spring Music Concert

The spring music program is on April 25th for K, 1st, & 2nd.

Can’t wait to see you there.

Thank you Mrs. Lyerly for all of the hard work and dedication!!

 

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Teacher Input Sessions Planned by Superintendent & Admin Team

Message from Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney:  

In regards to budget challenges and concerns expressed in recent weeks, we want to take a moment to reiterate our firm support of every teacher and staff member in this division.

Our teachers, administrators, bus drivers and support staff work hard every day to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment. In recent weeks, many teachers and staff and have expressed concerns about compensation and health insurance costs.

Please know that we remain committed to fair compensation of all employees and staff and will continue to make every effort to provide competitive salaries. That said, we also realize we have more work to do and will continue to seek opportunities to increase teacher and staff pay.

Teachers have also voiced concerns about workload. We are listening, responding and appreciate that many have taken the time to share concerns. We will be hosting meetings in schools over the next month so that more teachers will have the opportunity to share. We value our stakeholders’ feedback and will be addressing concerns in both our short term and long range planning.

See the next post for details about Teacher Input & Support Sessions

 

In fact, we have already begun to make some immediate changes based on the feedback we have received thus far. For example:

? Principals will be meeting with teachers to explore opportunities to streamline lesson plans and other required work duties at each school. These modifications will vary from school to school.
? STAR points can now be earned for any professional development activity even if it is during contractual hours.
? We are securing more substitutes and they will be allowed to work beyond the 29 hour limit for the remainder of the school year. This will increase the number of subs available so that teacher assistants and other staff should not have to cover classes.
? We will be extending windows for benchmark assessments as needed so that teachers have additional time to teach the material.

This is just the beginning phase of responding to concerns. We will also be including an area on our staff portal where we can accept ideas for improving morale and responding to budget questions. We are in this together and we are committed to being responsive as we continue to improve our school division

Deran R. Whitney, Ed.D.
Superintendent

See the next post for details about Teacher Input & Support Sessions

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Details about Teacher Input Sessions

In an effort to learn more about ways to improve teacher workload, division administrators have scheduled division-wide discussion sessions. on April 17, April 18 and April 19.

The purpose of these meetings is to give teachers the opportunity to offer feedback and to share concerns. The meetings will be facilitated by School Administrative Office staff .  The input shared will be used to inform division level improvement efforts.

Before Spring Break, principals will also be facilitating meetings with their teachers to gain feedback on lesson plans and teacher workload. Each school will work collaboratively with teachers to address concerns, and where possible, will modify processes to make the workload more manageable.


Schedule for Division-Wide Teacher Feedback & Support Meetings

                            Additional meetings will be added as needed

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Monday, April 17                                                            Wednesday, April 19

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                     7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

John Yeates Middle School                                          Elephant’s Fork Elementary School

 

    MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Monday, April 17                                                              Tuesday, April 18       

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                                                       2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

John Yeates Middle School                                            King’s Fork Middle School

 

 

      HIGH SCHOOLS 

Monday, April 17                                                              Tuesday, April 18

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.                                                       3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

John Yeates Middle School                                             King’s Fork Middle School

 

 

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Wednesday, March 29

Block 1 – Complete Thursday’s Bell Ringer Questions

Block 2 – Complete Day 4 of the Daily Review

Block 3 – Complete Thursday’s Bell Ringer Questions

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Announcements 3-29-17

Congratulations to the Boys’ Soccer teams! The Varsity won 2-0 over Western Branch. Chris Morgan and Dylan Heyman scored for the Warriors.  The JV tied Western Branch 1-1.

Monday, April 3 will be the last day the Science Club will be collecting plastic bags for the school year. If you have any bags, please bring them to room 219.

Ladies of Distinction members: please stop by room 230 and pick up an information sheet in the red folder.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 4 from 3;10 – 4:10 pm. Have your ride at NR by 4:00 pm.

All students attending the CTE trip this Friday: remember to be dressed appropriately for the trip. Please plan to leave your book bags at school. We will depart at 8:25 am on Friday; therefore, please come to the doors by the Main Office by 8:15 am.

Nansemond River High DECA is sponsoring “Beyond the Lights” Fashion Show on April 6 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase before school in room 230. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

DC Calculus will be offered as a face-to-face course next year. If you would like to take this course or any Dual Credit course, see your counselor before April 7.

Attention E-Sports Club Members:  The next meeting will be Thursday, March 30 in room 114 during the regularly scheduled time. If you have any questions, see Ms. Kemp or Jack Chen.

In an effort to be consistent in dress expectations, we will use the “finger tip length when hands are held normally at the sides” rule for rips and tears in jeans where skin is exposed. This still allows you the choice to wear fashionable ripped jeans and is better aligned with the “finger tip” expectation that is used for dresses, shorts, etc. This idea came from a Senior, and we certainly appreciate the input.

Attention Seniors that are planning to go to Tidewater Community College: The time has come to apply and complete your FAFSA, The deadline is April 1st. Stop by Guidance starting Monday, March 20 to see Mrs. Foster to complete your application and FAFSA as soon as possible.

Attention Seniors: we have extended the turn in date for your National Signing Day Field Trip Permission slip. You must have your acceptance letter with the permission slip turned in by Monday, March 27 along with your T-shirt size. See Mrs. Foster in Guidance with any questions.

Juniors: We are having a Junior Planning Night to help you and your parents navigate through the college/career process. Please come out on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Library. Door prizes will be awarded!

Attention students: If you are interested in taking a Dual Credit class next year, please see your counselor to sign up for the placement test that will be given on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27. This may include DC classes that we weren’t able to offer this year so please sign up for what you need.

Attention Seniors, Early Grads and Term Grads: Please be reminded that if you are planning to graduate this year (June or August), you must have 50 hours of community service completed. The appropriate form must be turned in by May 1, 2017. Forms can be picked up in the Guidance Office.

Attention Seniors: The ACCESS College Foundation’s Scholarship is now available. You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply. English teachers will be providing an application to those who meet the requirements. Any applications turned into Mrs. Foster on or before the priority deadline date of April 3, 2017 will also make you eligible for another pool of scholarships from several local sponsors.

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3/28 – 3/29

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Congratulations to Natalie Street, Suffolk’s Elementary Teacher of the Year!

Natalie Street, a third-grade teacher at Creekside Elementary, has been named the 2017 Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools.  In the classroom for eight years, she is known for her dedication and optimism, and has been called a natural born leader.

A colleague applauded Street’s high standards for all students in her class, while also creating a positive, family atmosphere in her classroom:  “She doesn’t allow excuses by students for not meeting or exceeding goals.  Her organizational skills, thoroughness, and willingness to collaborate with colleagues makes her the perfect teacher leader.”

In describing her efforts to show that learning can be fun, Street says she’s taught on top of tables, done cartwheels down the hall, spoken in funny accents, “made fun of myself, said I’m sorry a thousand times, and even cried with my students.  I’ve told students my hardships and mistakes, while teaching them how to set goals and overcome mistakes.  My philosophy of teaching is expressed through using a motivating balance of engagement, strong work ethic, and a sense of belonging.”

A parent said that Street “not only taught my son the third grade curriculum, she taught him that learning was fun, and the harder you work the bigger the reward.  She taught him that a great work ethic and mastering the fundamentals will make you a success at anything you do.”

Street has worked hard to rebuild the Suffolk Reading Council, an organization dedicated to the promotion of literacy in schools and the community, and currently serves as its president.  The Council has hosted two Saturday mini-conferences for local teachers and sponsored a division-wide book drive to donate books to homeless shelters, day care centers, and doctors’ offices.

Beyond the classroom, Street sponsors the Gator Gardening Club, helping students learn about plants first-hand as they work in the community garden at their school.

Street earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, and her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Maryland.

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3/29/17-Homework

BLOCKS 1, 2, and 3-Complete problems 3 and 4 on page 26 of the blue book and the 2 extra problems given in class.

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Tuesday, March 29

Block 1 – Wednesday’s Bell Work – New 1-subject notebook before April 3

Block 2 – Day 3 Daily Review

Block 3 – Wednesday’s Bell Work – New 1-subject notebook before April 3

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Homework & Information Tues 3/28

Sign up for Remind. Check it out on remind.com. Use this phone number: (757) 809-2118, and use the code for your class (see below).

2nd block – Remind code: @stoneblk2  Cells Quiz on Mon 4/3.  Nine Weeks Test on Wed 4/5.

4th block – Remind code: @stoneblk4  Cells Quiz on Mon 4/3.  Nine Weeks Test on Wed 4/5.

7th block – Remind code: @stoneblk7  If needed, finish the Comparing Cells ws.  Cells Quiz on Fri 3/31.  Nine Weeks Test on Tues 4/4 and Wed 4/5.

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Sister Cities International Art Show Winners

artCongratulations to Donell Blount and Kellie Markovich for their win at the Sister Cities International Art Show. Reception to be held April 6 @ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm  Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

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Lost coat? Going, going, gone!

lost smA long time ago… the first week of school in fact, way back in September, we collected our first “LOST” item at Kilby Shores Elementary. It was all alone. We were surprised at it’s early appearance, but it wasn’t alone for long.

Over the coming fall and winter months many other items came to join our “Lost and Found”.  We have coats and jackets, hats and mittens, scarves and lunch boxes and other things too! We’ve seen books and stuffed animals, bags of clothes…clean and dirty both. We’ve seen jackets and hoodies, and the cutest little sweaters.

Now it’s time to say good by to our “Lost and Found” items. Bid them a fond farewell, a goodbye and we’ll miss you too – NOT! Please come by and check out the “Lost and Found” in the main hallway for your child’s missing items As Soon As Possible.

ALL ITEMS WILL BE DONATED AT THE END OF THE DAY ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH, before Spring Break.

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2017 City-Wide Teachers of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Andrae Riddick, a special education teacher at King’s Fork High School, who has been selected as Suffolk Public Schools’ 2017 City-Wide Teacher of the Year.

 

Congratulations also to Emma Neave of John F. Kennedy Middle School, who was named Middle School Teacher of the Year … Natalie Street of Creekside Elementary School, who was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year … and Sabrina Hayes of John Yeates Middle School, who was selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year.

 

CW_TOY_KFHSNow in his fourth year of teaching, Riddick is known for his creativity, charisma, leadership, and teaching style.  But it is his connections with students that bring him the most praise from colleagues, and the most personal pride.  “I live by the saying that every child is just one caring adult away from being a success story,” Riddick said.

 

A 2006 graduate of Nansemond River High School, Riddick has worked at King’s Fork High School for six years – first as a special education paraprofessional and now as a classroom teacher.  He co-teaches geometry under the inclusion model, where students with special needs are included in a regular math class.  Colleagues said a classroom visitor would find it difficult to discern between him and the general education teacher because both work with all the students in the classroom as “true co-teachers.”  Riddick explained that he shows students how “geometry is not just a random math class they have to take,” but how geometry concepts are used every day.

 

Principal Dr. Ronald Leigh said Riddick’s role as the school’s Service Learning Coordinator is “where he has done his best work … where he has brought pride and distinction to our school through the outreach he has provided” to two local elementary schools.  Service Learning integrates academic work with community service, allowing students to apply classroom knowledge to real life by getting hands-on experience in the community.  This year, Riddick revived the “K9 Konnection” program through the Service Learning class he now teaches.  KFHS Bulldogs in this program volunteer weekly at Elephant’s Fork Elementary and Hillpoint Elementary as lunch buddies, classroom helpers, recess monitors, and role models for future Bulldogs.

 

Assistant Principal Kimberly Warholak said Riddick’s “commitment to success for his students is demonstrated on a daily basis when he uses his planning time to work one-to-one with students who are struggling academically or with students who are dealing with a social situation and need someone to listen and offer sound advice.”  Fellow teacher Brendy White added:  “He has been an influential part in the successful improvements of many students’ attendance, behavior, and overall attitude.  Being a mentor and positive male figure is very important in our school environment, as well as in the community, and he has taken on this challenge with great dignity and honor.”

 

Riddick earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University and his master’s degree from Old Dominion University.


 

 

MS_ TOYEmma Neave, an 8th-grade English teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School, has been named the 2017 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools.  In the classroom for four years, Neave is known for her determination, leadership, and quiet but passionate enthusiasm for teaching.

 

A colleague said that Neave has a special ability “to take a struggling student and make them shine.  When a student leaves her room, they know they have learned and accomplished way more than they thought they ever could.” According to a current student who also had Neave in 7th-grade:  “Each and every lesson that takes place in our classroom is dynamic and stimulating … She effectively teaches us everything we need to know and more.”

 

Principal Vivian Covington said Neave is “the type of person that would never draw attention to herself or to the work she has completed over the years … a testament to her humble countenance.”

 

In describing her teaching philosophy, Neave said she firmly believes “every individual has the ability to learn, and as educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that each child has the proper scaffolding, support, tools, and encouragement to reach their full potential.  Every student is smart in their own way, and it is up to the teacher to draw upon each students’ strengths while helping them improve in areas of weakness.”

 

She wrote in her application:  “No one is in teaching for the monetary or material rewards, which we know are few.  Instead, I find my joy in the intrinsic rewards of teaching.  Many days are a struggle with multiple forces that threaten to derail my students.  I have learned to find my peace in the small victories:  a special needs student’s explosive joy at achieving mastery on a benchmark test, being able to write feedback on a student’s writing that shows remarkable growth, or a comment from a colleague that my students were raving about a recent lesson.”

 

Beyond the classroom, she mentors new teachers and sponsors the Junior Beta Club.  Neave earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sweet Briar College.


 

 

TOY+BrennanNatalie Street, a third-grade teacher at Creekside Elementary, has been named the 2017 Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools.  In the classroom for eight years, she is known for her dedication and optimism, and has been called a natural born leader.

 

A colleague applauded Street’s high standards for all students in her class, while also creating a positive, family atmosphere in her classroom:  “She doesn’t allow excuses by students for not meeting or exceeding goals.  Her organizational skills, thoroughness, and willingness to collaborate with colleagues makes her the perfect teacher leader.”

 

In describing her efforts to show that learning can be fun, Street says she’s taught on top of tables, done cartwheels down the hall, spoken in funny accents, “made fun of myself, said I’m sorry a thousand times, and even cried with my students.  I’ve told students my hardships and mistakes, while teaching them how to set goals and overcome mistakes.  My philosophy of teaching is expressed through using a motivating balance of engagement, strong work ethic, and a sense of belonging.”

 

A parent said that Street “not only taught my son the third grade curriculum, she taught him that learning was fun, and the harder you work the bigger the reward.  She taught him that a great work ethic and mastering the fundamentals will make you a success at anything you do.”

 

Street has worked hard to rebuild the Suffolk Reading Council, an organization dedicated to the promotion of literacy in schools and the community, and currently serves as its president.  The Council has hosted two Saturday mini-conferences for local teachers and sponsored a division-wide book drive to donate books to homeless shelters, day care centers, and doctors’ offices.

 

Beyond the classroom, Street sponsors the Gator Gardening Club, helping students learn about plants first-hand as they work in the community garden at their school.

 

Street earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, and her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Maryland.

 


 

Rookie_tOY2Congratulations to Sabrina Hayes, an 8th-grade English teacher at John Yeates Middle School, who has been named the 2017 City-Wide Rookie Teacher of the Year.

 

Hayes started in January 2016, taking over for a teacher who left.  A veteran teacher told her “there is only one first-year of teaching.”  Hayes said that advice “served as a constant reminder for me to establish a solid baseline for the following years to come, and to learn as much as I could.  I knew that going into the first year of teaching would have a number of daunting barriers and challenges, but going into the middle of the school was difficult. It forced me to adapt and overcome quickly.”

 

Principal Shawn Green said Hayes is “highly motivated, reliable, and always willing to extend beyond what is expected of her.” Because of her youth, she quickly become a peer leader in instructional technology, helping her colleagues get comfortable with the school’s new “Bring Your Own Device” program.  This option allowed students to use mobile technology for learning.

 

A fellow teacher said Hayes “created a comfortable but structured atmosphere in which students can learn, and a very positive but professional relationship with her students.  They feel comfortable coming to her with concerns or problems and she is kind and firm with them as a teacher, not a ‘friend’ which is difficult for many first-year teachers to accomplish.”

 

According to one of Hayes’ students: “It is painstakingly obvious that she loves teaching, which inspires others to learn because of how passionate she sounds when teaching.  She tells us that she could never see herself doing anything else.”

 

Beyond the classroom, Hayes sponsors the student recycling club and started an after-school writing club.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.

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